I like to begin my blog at the beginning of a new year with a six-week series on The Pacing of Jesus. If you’re willing, this series will serve you (maybe again?!) as a great reference point for how to you pace your life this year and to finish well. Ready? Let's get to it!
Have you noticed how ragged many leaders are today? They seem to be “sucking air” while diligently serving where they have been placed by God to serve. As many of you already know the ‘finishing well’ and ‘ways of God’ themes are ones I have been associated with now for many years, and I have to say when I look at some leaders through these sets of lenses I find myself really concerned.
I am reminded of a journey through the Gospels that I embarked on a number of years ago as I sought to understand the pacing of Jesus in light of my own walk as His disciple. Maybe what I discovered will be an encouragement or offer some mid-course correction for you as it has for me. I found that Jesus’ “compass points” as it related to dictating His pace included the following:
- He was secure in who He was so He could freely serve
- He did only what the Father was doing
- He not driven by needs but rather was motivated by obedience
- He rested with his friends for awhile
- He knew that His vision could only be fulfilled by multiplying His life in others
When you have an opportunity to break your stride for a few moments, consider your current pacing verses the pacing of Jesus. Then join me over the next five weeks as I break each one of these down in practical ways that you can apply to your life.
*Dave Buehring has been a devoted follower of Jesus and a disciple-maker for four decades. He’s passionate about stirring the Church to follow Jesus, teaching God’s people His ways, and raising a new generation of disciple-makers. He’s the Founder & President of Lionshare, and the author of A Discipleship Journey and The Jesus Blueprint.